My lovely sister, Danielle, has been coloring her hair with Henna for ages. We recently tried a new brand together, and I urged her to do a guest review since she’s been around the block (as far as henna’s concerned).
Here it is:
I’ve been coloring my hair red for couple of years now. I started out using a bright red temporary foam that was supposed to last 6-8 washes–it ended up lasting six to eight weeks, and I really loved it. However, I really wasn’t too crazy about putting all those chemicals on my head. I started using henna around a year ago, and since then I’ve gone through a few brands in an effort to find the right one. Not only am I concerned with the ingredients I’m putting on my head, but I also don’t want to break the bank. I am in grad school after all! And reds tend to fade faster than other colors (though, thankfully, not as badly on my very coarse, dry hair), so expense is especially important.
Ingredients: Depending on the color you select, Light Mountain Natural Henna’s ingredients vary. I used plain old red (the one with the fox on the box), and its sole ingredient is lawsonia inermis (the scientific name for henna). To the henna powder I added hot water, the juice of one lemon, and two teaspoons of paprika.
Product Description: “Our complete henna application kit includes premium grade henna-based hair color, detailed instructions, a pair of disposable gloves so you can handle and apply the henna mixture without coloring your hands.”
Price: $6.95/4 oz. plus $8.95; plus I had to order two 4 0z. packets because I have so much hair.
Performance: I love this stuff! I left it on for an hour and a half and then rinsed it out in the shower. My hair had gotten dull and my roots were incredibly visible because I couldn’t afford hair dye for a few months, and the difference is pretty astonishing. My hair is so much brighter and shinier.
Scent: It smells like henna, which is a pretty distinct smell. I happen to really like the smell, but I can see how some would find it overpowering. It’s a really earthy, floral sort of smell that lingers in your hair for at least a couple of days (the instructions advise you not to wash your hair for at least 48 hours).
Rating: 8 out of 10. While I love the henna, shipping actually costs more than the product itself. Additionally, the packages are pretty small so I’m forced to buy two at a time if I want to do the job right
Because I (naturally) have a lighter chunk at the top of my head, this patch always gets a lot redder than the rest of my hair. I’m okay with that!